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Controversial Legislation In Ukraine Affecting Country’s HIV Response

Inter Press Service: Ukraine Crackdown Hits Fight Against AIDS “Groups battling one of the world’s worst HIV/AIDS epidemics say their task may get ‘catastrophically’ harder following the introduction of controversial laws in Ukraine in response to months of anti-government protests. … The International HIV/AIDS Alliance Ukraine has told IPS that…

Romania Must Do More To Prevent HIV

Valentin Simionov, executive director of the Romanian Harm Reduction Network, writes in Open Society Foundations’ “Voices” blog, “Romania is currently experiencing a spike in HIV rates that hits hardest among the most vulnerable populations, such as people who use drugs. Meanwhile, Romanians find themselves caught between a lack of clear…

Global Fund Support Is Critical To Ending AIDS, TB, Malaria

Huffington Post: Our Shared Responsibility: Ending AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Susan Blumenthal, public health editor for the Huffington Post, and Shaina Vinayek, Allen Rosenfield public policy fellow at amfAR “…[I]n this year of the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day with its theme of ‘Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an…

Nigeria’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Could Impact Country’s Aid Flow

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines how Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act might impact foreign aid to the country. “…This week, the Global Forum on MSM and HIV has issued a statement endorsed by 83 organizations, including the IDSA Center for Global Health Policy, which…

Gates Foundation Support Enables Indonesian TB Treatment Program

Gabrielle Fitzgerald, director of Global Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about a TB treatment program in Indonesia. “…I visited Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital with colleagues from the [Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] and Tahir, a prominent…

Celebrating $12B Pledge, Global Fund Looks Ahead With ‘Collective Resolution’

Huffington Post: Reason to Celebrate in the New Year: $12 Billion to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria The Global Fund’s replenishment conference in December raised $12 billion, “the largest amount ever committed to fight the three…

Lancet Examines Shortfall In Global Fund Pledges

“At a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 3, donors pledged $12 billion to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the next three years for activities to fight the three most deadly diseases in resource-poor settings. Although a record amount for the fund, the result falls…

Bill Gates Discusses Global Health Work In Interview With Globe And Mail

Globe And Mail: Bill Gates and the science of global health “Bill Gates makes big … donations to the Global Fund, the worldwide effort to combat and eradicate the triple scourge of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Results have been remarkable. … Mr. Gates spoke recently of his deep commitment to…

Global Fund Reiterates Commitment To Human Rights In Vietnam, Blog Reports

Noting a 2011 report (.pdf) from Human Rights Watch (HRW) on conditions within Vietnam’s compulsory drug treatment centers, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Wednesday released a statement “reiterating the charity’s commitment to human rights and…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 224 of its “Global Fund Observer.” The issue includes an interview with Alvaro Bermejo, executive director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, who “recently stepped down (at the end of his two-year term) as…